Light beats the spread: "non-diffracting" beams

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“Non-diffracting” beams do not spread as they propagate. This property is useful in many areas. Here, the theory, generation, properties, and applications of various “non-diffracting” beams, including the Bessel beam, Mathieu beam, and Airy beam is reviewed. Applications include imaging, micromanipulation, nonlinear optics, and optical transfection. (C) 2010 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529–547
Number of pages18
JournalLaser & Photonics Reviews
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sept 2009
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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